Teaching Filmmaking in Arusha

Tanzania is one of Africa’s most beautiful countries and is home to the continent’s highest mountain and a collection of breath-taking national parks. With landscapes shifting from tropical beaches to sweeping savannahs, it is a fascinating destination to share the gift of filmmaking. FWB participants are based in Arusha, a region with the most spectacular mountainous backdrop and inviting people. Known as the safari capital of Tanzania, Arusha offers FWB filmmakers the opportunity to teach students how to explore the world around them.

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Program Overview

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS places experienced filmmakers and arts educators in schools and community organizations across the town of Arusha at the foot of Mt. Meru. Participants teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology directly to Tanzanian students throughout a combination of government schools and local NGOs. FWB Fellows are provided airfare, housing, food, and equipment for 1 academic year. 

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS works closely with FutureSense Foundation and its local partners to teach filmmaking in government schools and local NGOs in the greater-Arusha area.  Additionally, participants will work directly with local women’s groups and utilize the filmmaking process as an empowerment tool in a historically patriarchal society .  

Volunteers in the Tanzania program must:

  • Be a native or native-level English speaker
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Have at least 2 years of film-related and/or teaching experience
  • Be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in teaching

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS has a rolling admissions process for all of our programs. However, we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible to strengthen your chances of acceptance into your chosen program. All application materials including your personal statement, resume, references, transcripts and interviews must be submitted by the extended Jan. 5th, 2015 application deadline.

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Host Organizations

The FutureSense Foundation is a charity fundraising organisation, which provides financial support for community development projects overseas. With an emphasis on meaningful and responsible volunteering abroad, the FutureSense Foundation supports marginalised individuals and communities by:

  • Improving education
  • Relieving poverty
  • Helping create sustainable and secure livelihoods
  • Improving the transfer of vocational and entrepreneurial skills
  • Addressing issues related to health and HIV/AIDS
  • Promoting child welfare
  • Empowering people living with disabilities
  • Enabling voluntary participation and cultural exchange

Travel & Housing

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partners cover the cost of flights and housing for one full year. Participants will be provided with round-trip airfare to their destination city. Participants will live together in apartments or houses.

Living & Teaching in Tanzania

FWB participants teach Tanzanian students in collaboration with Future Sense Foundation’s community and youth development projects.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Program Dates: January 2018 – Dec 2018
  • Priority Application Deadline: July 15th, 2017
  • Final Application Deadline: August 15th, 2017
  • Additional Timetables 

Health & Safety

Our number one priority is the health and safety of participating filmmakers. In-country orientation includes discussion of health and safety issues and practical information to enable participants to stay safe and well. Throughout the year, the Field Director and your host community will serve as a support system for you as you navigate a new country. Although most of the countries where FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS works do not have medical facilities comparable to those in the United States, we avoid placing volunteers at sites that do not have access to adequate medical care. All volunteers are required to secure independent emergency medical evacuation insurance. 

Financial Details

The Tanzania Program is fully funded. FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partner organizations cover the total cost of flights, housing, food, and equipment.  However, participants are required to submit a fully-refundable $1000 deposit that will be returned to them upon completion of their 1 year contract.

Ready to teach filmmaking to students in Tanzania?  Apply Now!